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Even with lots of work still do be done this list have reached a state where it must be considered one of the most complete and accurate ever assembled on the subject. This has only been possible due to the tremendous help from people all over the world, each of them experts of their local drivers and events.
Short biographies of drivers with BLUE background, will come up in due time. If you have any information about any driver with GREEN background, please contact me!


Anton Kahle ( )


Count Eberhard von Kalnein ( )


Albert Kandt ( )


Axel Karlsson (S)


Josef Karrer ( )




Christian Kautz (CH)
23 Nov 1913 - 4 Jul 1948
Born in Brüssel? Son of a Swiss multi-millionare. Mercedes junior driver in 1937. Auto Union junior driver 1938, starting in three GPs. Lockheed testpilot in USA during the war. Had an fatal accident in a private Maserati at the Swiss GP 1948.




Sulo Paavo Johannes Keinänen (FIN)
9 Feb 1907 - 12 Nov 1984
One of the major names in Scandinavian pre war racing SPJ Keinänen's career started in 1927 with a Chrysler and went until the early 60s. His greatest achievement was a second place in the 1932 Swedish GP but he also achieved a lot of victories and podium positions in local races. A used cars salesman and repair shop owner Keinänen also proved to be very inventive, spending lot of time and effort on his pioneer work in creating tyre chains and studs for snow and ice. He retired from racing as late as 1963.




Jan/Hans? Kessler (CH)
From Zürich.


Umberto Klinger ( )




Ewald Kluge (D)
19 Jan 1909 - 19 Aug 1964
Motor cycle racer. Kluge, born in Lausa (East of Leipzig), Saxonia in 1909, lost his mother at an early age, He made his living as a taxi driver and bought his first motor cycle in 1929. His good results gave him DKW support in 1934 and in 1936 he became works driver for DKW. He took four German championships in the 250cc class in 1936-39. 1938 was his greatest year. Out of 14 races he took 12 victories and two second places and became 250cc European Champion. He also broke the British domination at the Isle of man TT with a dominant victory in the leightweight class. In 1939 he renewed his European championship. After a test at Nürburgring in May 1938 he signed on as Auto Union reserve driver for 1938 - 1939. He never took part in a GP race but did some demonstations runs including one at Saxtorp, Sweden in 1939. Released in bad physlical shape from Russian imprisonment in 1949 he moved to Ingolstadt and retuned to racing the next year. However his career ended at the 1953 Eifelrennen where he broke his tight in a crash that put him into hospital for almost a year. Kluge did of cancer in 1964 at an age of 55.


Jindřich Knapp ( )


Constant Knepper (L)
From Luxembourg.




Robert "Bobby" Kohlrausch (D)
9 Mar 1904 - 12 Aug 1953
Born in Eisenach in a healty middle-class family. Kohlrausch joined the post WWI Freikorps and was a NSDAP party member since 1923. While studing engineering at the university, Kohlrausch took part in motorcycle racing as an hobby from 1923 until 1929 when he turned to car racing. Raced BMW Dixi and Austin but is best known as a MG driver. Made several International class "H" records with his MG "Magic Midget". Joined SS, having the rank as SS-Untersturmführer (2nd Lieutenant) in 1936. After the war Kohlrausch continued racing in East Germany until his death in 1953.




Antonín/Anton Komár (CS/A)
1907 - 1951
Antonín Komár was born 1907 in the small village Maratice in Moravia. From 1927 onwards he owned a small transport company in city of Kyjov. A "pupil" of Bruno Sojka, who teached him to drive a race car, Komár became involved in racing in 1933. That year he finished 3rd in the "Czechoslovak 1000 miles" race with a Tatra. In 1934 he started in the Voiturette class of the Masaryk GP class with Bugatti T37A but retired on the 6th lap. In 1935 he finished 6th in the same race, while he in 1937 retired on the first lap.
After WWII he and Bruno Sojka purchased two Cisitalia D46 cars and were top runners in race cars class. While Sojka later became works Tatra driver, Komár built himself a Skoda-engined sportscar. In the "II. Ostrava" car race while fighting for 2nd positin in 1200cc class on lap 16 Komár crashed hard into a tree wrecking the car completely. The result for the driver was fatal.
(Source : "Postavy našeho motorismu" by Adolf Tuma, 1940/magazin "Svet Motoru" - Info supplied by Michal Velebny)


Jaroslav Konečnik ( )
? - 194?


Kurt Könnecker ( )


Fritz Kordik ( )


Fritz Kortylewski ( )


Ernst Kotte (D)




Countess Marie-Louise von Kozmian (Marja-Ludwika Kozmianowa) (PL)
Raced a Bugatti T37 in the early 1930s. She was the winnor of the 1930 Lwow Grand Prix In her native Poland and was sixth and ninth respectively in 1933 and 1934. Between 1933 and 1937, she also took part in races and hillclimbs in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Austria.
(Info supplied by Richard A. Salomon.)


Heinz Krebs (D)
Dentist from Lilienthal near Bremen.


Georg Kremel ( )


Jan Kubiček (CS)
1899-1967


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